Griffith MBA gets tick from greenies as popularity soars

Griffith University's Dr Nick Barter
Griffith University’s Dr Nick Barter

The Griffith MBA has been named in the finalists of the 2013 Green Gown Awards Australasia. It is one of four finalists nominated in the Learning and Teaching category.

The tick for the MBA is one of three nominations for Griffith University in what is regarded as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice in universities and colleges.

The University’s recent heavy investment in its MBA program is paying other dividends with semester two figures showing a 55% rise in commencing students compared with the same period last year. Overall for 2013, MBA numbers are up 34% for semesters 1 and 2, compared with 2012.

The Griffith MBA embodies three values: responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and global orientation.

“This nomination is an acknowledgement of how the MBA has evolved at Griffith University,” MBA Director, Dr Nick Barter, said.

“At a time when the move towards sustainability is increasingly evident in all walks of life, it is a significant honour to be recognised by our peers as a genuine leader in this field.”

“These are values not traditionally linked with MBA programs, but our program prepares students to become responsible leaders of financially, environmentally and socially sustainable organisations.

“Students not only get a clear and informed understanding of how to run and manage a business, they do this while exploring responsibility, sustainability and what it means to succeed in the Asian century.”

The Green Gown finalists were announced by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), with the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony in Sydney on September 26.

ACTS is a non-profit member-based organisation representing higher and further education institutions within Australia and New Zealand. It aims to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector.

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Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).